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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Aldershot

How do I find out what schools are available around Aldershot? 

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk. You simply enter your location, perhaps Aldershot, or another location and select primary schools or secondary schools. All the information parents need all there in percentages!

You could also try the paid for websites like www.schoolguide.co.uk . This one is quite cheap and you can pay monthly.

This is of course just the very first stage in selecting a school. You will to need see the videos on this page before even thinking of visiting the shortlist of schools on your list.

How do I find the state school catchment area in or around Aldershot? 
If you just need to know your school catchment area try www.admissionsday.co.uk .If you are looking for exhaustive information on the schools as well go to www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk

How do I find out how good a school is?
You will absolutely have to visit the school. However, do look at the video below. For armed is to be fore warned!

Nursery Schools

What's the difference between nursery and preschool? 
Preschools usually work around a formal curriculum and trained teachers - making them a little more expensive! Nursery schools are usually a more relaxed learning environment and more flexible enrolment terms. They are also cheaper and vary greatly.

What age is a preschooler? Ages up to 4 is considered preschooler with toddlers are 1 - 3 year old bracket. Basically 4-year-old are not 'toddling' around any more and so are no longer toddlers!

What does preschool mean? A preschool, or nursery school, is a pre-primary school, or play school for early childhood education. Preschool is for children before they begin compulsory education at primary school. 

Is Pre K considered preschool? Pre K schools are pre-kindergartens.

This page should help you answer these school finding questions!


Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for GU11
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Aldershot

Friends Forest Nursery Ash

Manor Road, Ash GU12 6QH, UK – 01252 405544

My Son absolutely loves his days at this nursery. He has been attending since his first birthday and grows with confidence every time I pick him up. They do a great job entertaining the children with different activities and it’s great they get out in the fresh air at every opportunity. Highly recommend.

Fantastic nursery, fun loving leaders, always creating new and exciting things for the children to do. My son loves his nursery days.

Baby Bumbles & Beaumont Pre-School

The Old Guard Rooms, Beaumont Grove, Aldershot GU11 1YH, UK – 01252 328375

Super friendly staff. Child focused environment. Holistic family aproch to child's experience.

Ash Grange Primary School, Preschool & Nursery

Ash Church Rd, Ash, Aldershot GU12 6LX, UK – 01252 328589

Excellent teachers, secured school, clean and tidy place, Teachers are Very caring and considerate. Find Head Teacher Ms Curtis Pretty cool. My daughter loves and enjoy going to school. The best school I found in Surrey and Hampshire area. A school you can 100% trust!

After School Care

Caterpillars Childcare Nursery

2-4 Wellington Ln, Farnham GU9 9BA, UK – 01252 343708

I love Caterpillars Childcare. I have not had a single bad experience there. I feel completely safe and confident leaving my little girl with the very capable and competent adults taking care of the children. The nursery is welcoming, comfortable, fun and safe. My daughter is happy there and gladly goes towards each of the staff members when I drop her off. Every single one of them goes out of their way to show how much they care for the children, and always give detailed accounts of their day when you collect them. My daughter has access to a huge variety of good clean toys, plays outside as well as in, is kept clean and given plenty of healthy food. Her development is monitored carefully and in great detail, and talked about at parents evenings. The payment system is clear and transparent and easy to arrange. Communication is equally easy and the staff are always on hand to answer questions either at the end of the day or over the phone/via email. I would highly recommend this little family-friendly nursery and am happy to have my daughter go. I wouldn't take her out for the world! Thank you Caterpillars for taking such good care of her while I have to go to work.

We moved our child to Caterpillars due to him not settling where he was. The staff have all been amazing helping him settle and he is so much happier now.

KOOSA Kids After School Club at Alderwood School

Alderwood School, Belle Vue Road, Aldershot GU12 4RZ, UK – 01276 21884

KOOSA Kids After School Club at Wellington Primary School

Alexandra Rd, Aldershot GU11 1QJ, UK – 01276 21884

Choosing a school around Aldershot. This is an Australian video but has some really good Tips!

Aldershot Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Aldershot

Independent Schools for Aldershot - private preparatory and senior schools. Prep schools age 8 yrs to 11yrs or 13 yrs. Senior schools age 11yrs or 13 yrs to 18yrs. Some independent schools have a pre-prep department (age 3 to 8yrs) as well as prep and senior schools. Independent schools can be co-educational or single sex.

Best Aldershot Secondary Schools -

Ash Manor School

Manor Road, Ash GU12 6QH, UK – 01252 353900

Made some good friends although some turned on me got called alot of names and got to the point where I couldn't handle anything anymore don't wanna go into detail but it wasn't very nice This review is written from a personal experience but it is a pretty good school.

Love the school still there I have good friends. Taught me I could do anything I wanted when I grow up. I wouldn't want a better school.

Alderwood School (Senior site)

Tongham Road, Aldershot GU12 4AS, UK – 01252 343723

We recently moved to this school from the primary and what a change in my child's attitude towards schooling, academic progress and willingness to do a homework! It seems my kid feels much better in this school then in previous and I am more relaxed now as the parent.


The Wavell School

Lynchford Rd, Aldershot, Farnborough GU14 6BH, UK – 01252 341256

this school is ok but needs a lot of inprovements as the teachers are good but dont help you that much but they are very nice they should buy goals for the courts so we can play football at break and lunch with a goal but overall its an bad school if u want to learn

Used to be very good at Maths and Science and IT, awful at English. It's better than the other schools in the area though.

Independent Schools

Barfield School

Guildford Rd, Runfold, Farnham GU10 1PB, UK – 01252 782271

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Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for GU11 2NX . LEA primary schools age 4yrs (the year in which a child is 5) to 11yrs. Secondary schools age 11yrs to 16yrs or 18 yrs. Each school has a local catchment area.

Primary Schools

Wellington Community Primary School (Alexandra Campus)

Wellington Community Primary School, Alexandra Rd, Aldershot GU11 1QJ, UK – 01252 326573

Awesome! Go here for the best experience!


William Cobbett Primary School

Weybourne Rd, Farnham GU9 9ER, UK – 01252 312772

Great school Definitely one of the best locally

Shawfield Primary School

Winchester Rd, Ash, Aldershot GU12 6SX, UK – 01252 320379

The school is half o a good school

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial, inspecting and regulating services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in GU11 or anywhere in the country.
GetTheRightSchool was formed to offer a unique reference point on getting your child into the school of your choice. The web site covers all you need to about education choices with tips and a guide to the application process and issues that could impact your child's school day, from dealing with bullying, to money issues, to how to work out school catchment areas when they move schools.
Independent Schools Council Website - has a search facility: by county, school or postcode. The ISC brings together eight associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors and represents over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas.
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Dyslexia support centres
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Special schools for Aldershot for moderate to severe learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Physical impairment, complex health needs, communication difficulties, dyspraxia and other special needs.

Special Needs Schools around you

Badshot Lea Village Infant School

Badshot Lea Rd, Badshot Lea, Farnham GU9 9LE, UK – 01252 320883

Today, with my business Immersive Theatres, I delivered a 5m digital planetarium experience to 130 Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students at Badshot Lea Village Infant School. I was warmly welcomed by the site manager when I arrived and he helped me move my equipment inside. The day was well-organised with all groups arriving on time. The excited students enjoyed peering up at the planetarium night sky, visiting the Moon, the International Space Station and travelling across the Solar System. Thank you Badshot Lea Village School for a very pleasant visit.

I went there ages ago and I turned out okay

The Wavell School

Lynchford Rd, Aldershot, Farnborough GU14 6BH, UK – 01252 341256

this school is ok but needs a lot of inprovements as the teachers are good but dont help you that much but they are very nice they should buy goals for the courts so we can play football at break and lunch with a goal but overall its an bad school if u want to learn

Used to be very good at Maths and Science and IT, awful at English. It's better than the other schools in the area though.

Website with facility to search for many different kinds of special needs schools and links to lots of support groups.  Find a special needs school near Aldershot or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for GU11 - Language Tuition

Adult Education Centres for Aldershot which may run evening or daytime language classes

Adult Education

The Kiln Photo Workshops

38 St Georges Rd, Badshot Lea, Farnham GU9 9LY, UK – 07973 282418

Friendly community centre where various clubs and societies meet

The Renton Dance Studio

3 Alexandra Rd, Farnborough GU14 6BU, UK – 01252 513484

My daughter has been a part of this school since 2010 and thoroughly enjoys all of her classes. The standard of teaching is exceptional and she continually achieves high marks for her syllabus exams. She is also encouraged to push herself with new genres of dance. Everyone is very supportive at festivals and because the friends she has made share her passion, they will be life-long friends I hope. I couldn't imagine a better or more inclusive dance school to be a part of. Thank you Mrs Renton!

My daughter joined Renton nearly 3 years ago (aged 10) having had a succession of dance schools in the previous couple of years due to the closure of the school she had danced at since 2.5years. Whilst my daughter is not a natural performer or the most talented she loves her dancing and all the teachers have been wonderfully supportive and encouraging of her, not only teaching her technically to dance but boosting her confidence and allowing her to shine at her own level. I cannot thank them enough for fostering her love of dance, I only wish we had come to the school earlier

Diamond Dance Centre

9 Queens Rd, Farnborough GU14 6DJ, UK – 01252 548748

Enjoy it here, seems to get used for a whole host of different dancing with various teachers. But alway clean and comfortable. Nice balcony waiting area too

My wife and I have been around dancing for a long time and so we have seen a fair few dance schools and Diamond Dance Centre is excellent and feel very fortunate to have them on our doorstep, if not it would be worth travelling to. Both my wife and I and one of our children dance at the school and I'm pretty sure my little boy will start when he's old enough too. So what makes it such a good school? it's a long list to be honest. I think the first thing is that you can do as much or as little as you like, you can do a more relaxed fun type class or a more technically orientated class aimed at preparing dancers for competitions. This is important, there are two distinct flavours here, the fun classes are a lot of fun and the competition orientated classes while also fun are a lot more challenging and the teachers expect a lot more from their dancers. The second thing is the quality of the teaching, it is very, very high. My wife and I used to travel from Wales to London to work with the best coaches when we competed and I can honestly say the Diamond team are just as good. They know their stuff with a lot of technique and their fault finding and correction is very impressive. I'm particuarly impressed with the way they teach youngsters, in the competition class they do expect a lot from them, but they deliver in truckloads. The teaching method uses explanation, demonstration, imitation and practice. The teacher who leads the Saturday competition works them very hard and expects a lot but makes it a lot of fun at the same time, you can tell she loves her job and likes working with the kids and she is very, very good at it. The third thing is the 'helpers'. These are the 'older younger' dancers (if that makes sense) who have come up through the system and in their teens. They just make the school to be honest and are brilliant role models for my kids. All the little ones look up to them and they are nothing but supportive, fun and caring. They help set the tone of the dance school and make it the encouraging, positive place that it is. I love the fact that my little girl looks up to these amazing helpers as role models rather than some singer from the telly. To me having my little girl have such amazing role models is just as important as the actual dancing as that's exactly what I want her to be like as she grows up. I can't really put into words how brilliant I think they are. Hard working, dedicated, focussed and yet fun, supportive of others and encouraging at the same time, I have so much admiration for them. The fourth thing is the 'Diamond Dance Family' and culture of the place. It's not just a dance school for the kids, it's a social framework for the parents too. A lot of parents stay and watch their kids and it's very social and again supportive evironment with lots of advice and support. Currently the school run a free dance class every two weeks for the kids parents which is good fun. You would think with everybody competing against each other there would be the potential for rivalry but it just doesnt happen, everybody wants to be the best but by doing the best they can do and not by hamstringing the competition. The kids compete as a team and that's exactly how it feels, both for the kids and the parents of. It is a littel daunting moving into the competition side of the school at first as a non-dancing parent, but the support framework is brilliant, there is always somebody willing to offer advice or loan you safety pins etc if you've forgotten. In summary if you are looking for a dance school this is the one and as a parent of a younger dancer you also get a little social thing too. My daughter has been going for 4 years now since she was 3 and watching her face beaming on the dance floor and seeing her improve month on month tell me this is the right dance school for her.

Language Schools

Kidslingo Veronique (Frenchtastic)

53 Weybourne Rd, Farnham GU9 9EU, UK – 07901 920773

Language Schools for Aldershot

Language schools for GU11. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Aldershot

Private Tuition for GU11
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

M&D Tutors

3 Boxalls Ln, Aldershot GU11 3FH, UK

English Tutor

Clair Court, 85 Ash St, Ash, Aldershot GU12 6LG, UK – 07967 434156

M & D Educational Consultants

3 Boxalls Ln, Aldershot GU11 3QW, UK – 01252 314780

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